Working: People Talk about What They Do All Day and How They Feel about What They Do (Paperback)

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I think I bought Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do in the seventies while working in an indie bookstore (all bookstores were indies in the 1970s). My well-worn, secondhand hardcover copy has survived at least 10 moves and as many purges of my personal library. The first sentence of the introduction,"This book, being about work, is, by its very nature, about violence--to the spirit as well as to the body," probably says as much about the author as it does about the 133 individuals whose first-person narratives fill over 500 pages. The search for "daily meaning as well as daily bread, for recognition as well as cash, for astonishment rather than torpor; in short, for a sort of life rather than a Monday through Friday sort of dying" gives this book an existential heft equal to its authenticity. The voices of Terkel's subjects are unforgettable and a revelation. 

— Alison Meyers

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Perhaps Studs Terkel's best-known book, Working is a compelling, fascinating look at jobs and the people who do them. Consisting of over one hundred interviews conducted with everyone from gravediggers to studio heads, this book provides a timeless snapshot of people's feelings about their working lives, as well as a relevant and lasting look at how work fits into American life.


About the Author


Studs Terkel (1912-2008) was an award-winning author and radio broadcaster. He is the author of Race: How Blacks and Whites Think and Feel About the American Obsession; Division Street: America, Coming of Age: Growing Up in the Twentieth Century; Talking to Myself: A Memoir of My Times; "The Good War": An Oral History of World War II; Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do; The Studs Terkel Reader: My American Century; American Dreams: Lost and Found; The Studs Terkel Interviews: Film and Theater; Hard Times: An Oral History of the Great Depression; Will the Circle Be Unbroken?: Reflections on Death, Rebirth, and Hunger for a Faith; Giants of Jazz; Hope Dies Last: Keeping the Faith in Troubled Times; And They All Sang: Adventures of an Eclectic Disc Jockey; Touch and Go: A Memoir; P.S.: Further Thoughts from a Lifetime of Listening; and Studs Terkel's Chicago, all published by The New Press. He was a member of the Academy of Arts and Letters and a recipient of a Presidential National Humanities Medal, the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, a George Polk Career Award, and the National Book Critics Circle 2003 Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award.


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Product Details
ISBN: 9781565843424
ISBN-10: 1565843428
Publisher: New Press
Publication Date: January 1st, 1997
Pages: 640
Language: English